Due to the nature of both being wedding photographers ourselves, people would always jokingly ask who would our wedding photographer be and where would we get married. Without hesitation, I would always naturally answer that our wedding will be somewhere in Europe and that we would just selfie our own wedding.
When Jun eventually popped the question in August 2017. Things got more real and we sat down to talk about the plan one day. That was when Jun realized I wasn’t joking when I said I want 10+ pre-wedding sessions and he soon realized that I wasn’t kidding about Europe neither. It was happening. He got himself a wild one — a bride who has a gypsy soul and an exotic heart. A bride who is obsessed with travelling and seeing the world. A trouble maker he is about to marry is making trouble.
In the end we site visited our French wedding venue, attended BODAF (Barcelona photography conference,) and shot our own self-portrait destination pre-weddings together into a 1 month trip.
Jun was given the task of figuring out how to execute the plan. As in…how to actually physically photograph ourselves with just a tripod. He had a hard time comprehending the idea of travelling. He could barely understand why people would pay to go that far away from the comfort of home. He only became immediately onboard with my plan when I raised him the tripod challenge. Being the best photographer I know him to be, Jun accepted the challenge.
It was much more enjoyable to learn how to apply make up from scratch and DIY my way throughout the trip rather than to find local make up artist that can work with Asian faces in Europe. I took make up & hairs lessons 101 the month before and perfected my eyelash curling skills during the trip… practice makes perfect, I was forced to learn everything when I was left with no choice!
Prior to arriving in Europe, we planned everything down to the stays and flights but left the agenda pretty much blank because we ran out of time and energy to think any further.
We landed in Paris at 7am, stepped out of the airport, checked in, and passed out for the rest of that day. And the morning after, we naturally woke up at 3am, sat on the edge of our hostel beds and had this very serious discussion:
“Wanna just do it today? Like now?”
“Thought we were gonna scout today..but I guess yeah why not.”
The perks of running a pre-wedding studio — I had all the dress designers & manufacturers contacts I needed. So I ordered the gowns I wanted along with our 2018 rental dress collections half a year ago and had them shipped to me 2 months before the trip. I carefully selected the shoes/accessories during Chinese internet’s famous online sale in November and just grabbed the rest of the props needed (veils, laces) from our own studio.
To be continued…!